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Melissa & Doug Verdie Chameleon Bubble Blower
Melissa & Doug Verdie Chameleon Bubble Blower
Price: £4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Cute but no cigar, 23 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Really cute bubble blower of decent build quality and good for little hands to grasp, but no better than any cheap disposable in terms of the quality or volume of bubbles produced; its USP is that the child purses his/her lips around the tube and blows it like they would a whistle, which is a little easier to do than for regular blowers, but that has its drawbacks too insofar as it does generate a whistling noise, which is distracting, and the loading mechanism for the bubble solution is cumbersome (much simpler and cleaner with conventional blowers to just 'dip' the wand into a receptacle than with this, which requires first decanting the solution into the tiny tray provided, which is easily knocked-over!).


Melissa & Doug Vacuum Play Set
Melissa & Doug Vacuum Play Set
Price: £16.17

3.0 out of 5 stars Cute but doesn't work 100% of the time, 15 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is cute but the mechanism isn't wholly satisfactory - I'd say it only works and actually 'hoovers up' the supplied wooden pieces about 70% of the time, which is frustrating. Seems to work best on carpet, maybe bear that in mind if your floors are wooden. Perhaps mine is a dud, but I don't think so. From a design POV it's actually very nice- appealingly retro looking, quite chunky and sturdy-feeling (maybe too heavy?) and painted in nice bold colours; it doesn't try to mimic the real thing exactly and I think that's perfectly appropriate for a child's toy designed to fuel the imagination. Just a pity it doesn't work perfectly as a vaccum!


Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad Vehicles
Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad Vehicles
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Re-useable = Great value stickerbook, 8 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I love the fact that these Melissa & Doug sticker pads are re-useable – for a fiver that represents hugely good value; each page gives you a scene/backdrop and the repositionable stickers can then be stuck on and taken off and re-stuck elsewhere as many times as you like. This one is ‘transport’ themed so the backgrounds are all of various infrastructure settings (train station, airstrip, building site) onto which the various vehicles (planes, trains, JCBs etc.) and paraphernalia can be placed to bring the scene to life.


Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad Princess Castle
Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad Princess Castle
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Re-useablility = Great value stickerbook, 8 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I love the fact that these Melissa & Doug sticker pads are re-useable – for a fiver that represents hugely good value; each page gives you a scene/backdrop and the repositionable stickers can then be stuck on and taken off and re-stuck elsewhere as many times as you like. This one is ‘princess’ themed so the backgrounds are all of castles and the like onto which the various people, animals and furnishings can be placed to bring the scene to life.


Melissa & Doug Makea Face Sticker Pad Crazy Animals
Melissa & Doug Makea Face Sticker Pad Crazy Animals
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Brillaint sticker pad... but a shame it's not reusable, 8 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This sticker pad is brilliant... but it could have been even better if the stickers had been reusable, like they are with most of the other Mellissa & Doug sticker books. Unfortunately these are trad. one-time-use-only stickers so when you're done, you're done. Still, good fun while it lasts, and for a fiver, not too bad - the backgrounds are pictures of various animals (elephant, cow, monkey etc.) minus the facial features, and the stickers are the various noses, eyes, mouths with which to 'complete' the pictures. A hit with all the kids, especially my 4 year old niece. As an aside: because the animation style is very exaggerated and cartoonish we found that we were able to engage our little boy (aged 2 1/2) with it more than we normally can with things like this - he has autism and, as can be typical, has problems reading facial expressions - but he really gravitated towards this. It's also a useful game for us to play together, naming facial expressions and the underlying emotions. That said, perfectly suitable for neuro-typical kids as well- just a handy bonus perhaps for parents of kids with ASD!


World Peace Is None Of Your Business
World Peace Is None Of Your Business
Price: £12.99

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling new musical horizons + lyrical acuity + provocation = Moz's best in yonks, 16 July 2014
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Half a dozen listens were all that was required to confirm it as an almost-work-of-genius. At first, I was a little underwhelmed -turned off even by the title track, with its Russell Brand-ish anti-statist blandishments ("each time you vote, you support the process") and the clunky, gauche artlessness of the closing lyric ("Brazil and Bahrain/Oh, Egypt, Ukraine... so many people in pain"... yuk). Must do better... thankfully, he mostly does. Great title, anyway (as ever, with Morrissey). 'Course, Moz's lyrics will always be scrutinised with a keenness that others' aren't. The man is a first and foremost versifier, not composer - he just 'directs' the music, or so the wisdom goes... and in this case it's mostly c/o Boz Boorer (with a very big nod to new multi-instrumentalist Gustavo Manzur); gone is Alain Whyte, Moz's main songwriting partner since Your Arsenal and a particular influence on the pretty basic, fairly crude 'chug-rock' sound of everything since then, the last three records especially. Musically speaking, World Peace *sounds* much more delicate, demure, and plain interesting than anything on You Are The Quarry, Ringleader of the Tormentors or Years of Refusal; all of them good Moz albums, but tunefully a little... lumpen. Whereas here we have autoharp, Spanish acoustic guitar, accordion; the record was made in Provence and carries a certain (pleasing) Continental aftertaste. The main instrument of note though is Moz's own voice; it's an absolute revelation here; seldom better in recent memory (just listen to the mannered acrobatics on the brilliantly camp 'Kiss Me A Lot'). Highlights? The anti-macho, anti-carnivorous diatribe of 'I'm Not A Man' (the only song I know to rhyme 'T-Bone steak' with 'cancer of the prostate'... and that's not the only airing of militant vegetarianism here - later, on the 'The Bullfighter Dies', guess whose side Moz is on?). Then there's the faintly unsettling 'Smiler With Knife', with its delightful acoustic closing section. A nod, too, for the acerbic 'Staircase at the University' ("If you don't get three A's/Her sweet daddy said/You're no child of mine and as far as I'm concerned you're dead") and ruminative album closer 'Oboe Concerto' ("The older generation have tried, sighed and died / Which pushes me to their place in the queue"). There really is lots to recommend WPINOYB: as ever, the critical hyperbole is predictable, but those calling it his best in 20 years are probably not far off the mark. In fact, in the time it's taken me to write this, the album has played out and the opening title track is back on and I'm begninng to warm to its previously irksome political naļveté; it is a Morrissey album after all - provocation ought to be part of the package!


Pabobo Automatic Nightlight (Purple)
Pabobo Automatic Nightlight (Purple)
Price: £10.80

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good nightlight for use in the bedroom (too soft to properly illuminate elsewhere), 1 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a decent nightlight but wasn't really what I needed - I wanted something for the hallway that gives out a strong enough light that the kids can find their way to the bathroom in the dead of night; but this gives off too soft a level of light, it's more suitable to provide very low-level 'comfort' light actually in the bedroom e.g. for those who are afraid of the dark. The purple hue is quite pleasant, but not very illuminating. The sensor works well though - it turned itself on at night and back off again come morning.


8 Way CD/DVD Multicase 27mm Spine(1)
8 Way CD/DVD Multicase 27mm Spine(1)
Offered by Media Replication
Price: £4.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Retail-quality DVD multicase, 25 Jun 2014
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I’ve been bitten many times when buying blank DVD and CD cases blind; quality varies massively and the cheaper ones can be all but useless (thin, brittle, cheap-looking and easily broken) but these are of retail quality; very high-grade plastic - I was impressed. I bought the 8-way multi-case; slightly thicker spine that a regular DVD box; same kind of thing you get a lot of TV box sets in. Worth noting that I bought this from the seller 'Media Replication' and I have to say that the service received was also excellent.


Galt Dr Miriam Hammer and Pegs
Galt Dr Miriam Hammer and Pegs
Price: £11.82

4.0 out of 5 stars The simple act of hammering, 23 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Toys don't come much simpler than this: Five chunky coloured pegs plus a wooden hammer to bash them with. Once they've all been fully bashed, flip it over and start again from the other side. Nicely made, robust and in solid, wood. Not a battery in sight.


Ambi Toys  Pounding Apple
Ambi Toys Pounding Apple
Price: £15.53

2.0 out of 5 stars Limited hammering, 23 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Ok, it looks pretty cute and is fairly robust but the aim of the game - bash a worm poking out of the apple, which causes another worm's head to pop out - runs out of gas fairly quickly.


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